We will be at Wondercon in Anaheim representing Steve Jackson Games in our MIB capacity, as well as attending panels and looking for cool cosplayers.
Schedule is here. We will mainly be at Exhibit Hall D, Games Area
Come play some games with us! We will have a variety of SJ Games tabletop awesomeness, including Munchkin, FRAG, Revolution, and many more! (Seriously, I have two bags filled with games in my trunk right now!) Also, there will be prizes! Hoorah!
Besides Wondercon, thing I’m geeking out on this week: Mallrats 2
I’m a huge Kevin Smith fangirl – I love his movies, I listen to several of his podcasts, I follow him on Twitter, and I’ve been known to rush to defend him more than once on a certain website that we write for. He is my John Hughes – capturer of my early 20s experience and the 90s slacker/stoner culture in general. Mallrats is my favorite of all his movies – for me it’s the most relatable, I have a funny story about it related to my early years of being with David, and I think I might still have a crush on Brodie. I was super excited to hear there will be a Mallrats 2! Yes, that was last week and yes, I’m still geeking out on it, that’s how excited I am.
This being National Irish American Awareness Day AKA St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I’d compile a list of some of my favorite Irish characters from the comics pages. By no means exhaustive or even in any particular order. However, as someone is fascinated with her own slice of Irish heritage, Irish characters tend to catch my eye.
Hitman/Tommy Monaghan – Among my many complaints about the current DC comic universe, one of them is that Hitman is nowhere to be found. One of my favorite characters during the height of my comic collecting days (the 90s), created by one my one of my favorite comic writers (Garth Ennis), Tommy was everything a good Ennis character is – snarky, funny, and edgy while still sympathetic enough to make you want to root for him. My favorite Hitman story is still the Hitman/Lobo crossover, although his brief appearance in Grant Morrison’s JLA run was priceless.
Cassidy – Speaking of Ennis, I continue to cross my fingers that we get to see Preacher in a live action form, but only if it does justice to the original comic. It will be interesting to see how they handle Cassidy, the Irish vampire that is at turns Jesse’s friend and his antagonist. When I think of great vampire characters, Cassidy is always near the top of my list (in fact, I have a player in my vamp game right now, that often reminds me of him in his play style), but he was also one of the first characters I thought of while doing this list.
Kath/Raven/Angie – One of the best new comics out right now is The Kitchen, a comic that feels like the story board for the best girl power movie about Irish mobsters in the 70s that Tarantino just hasn’t made yet. The general premise is that the wives of 3 Irish mobsters who are sent to jail take it upon themselves to run their husband’s operations in Hell’s Kitchen. It’s gritty fun that at the same time has some interesting things to say about gender and class. The ladies are all bad-asses in their own right and so far the writing has been very impressive.
Daredevil – Speaking of Hell’s Kitchen, how great does the new Daredevil TV show look? I’m not a huge Marvel fan, but Daredevil is the type of conflicted superhero overcoming the odds that I find really interesting. Also, how many Irish Catholic superheroes do you see? Not many. That’s for sure.
Wondercon is a little over two weeks away and we will be there in our official MIB capacity for Steve Jackson Games, ready to introduce you to a variety of tabletop games. If you are going, come by, say hi, and maybe play a round of Munchkin with us!